Man Arrested for Killing Trucker Who Stopped to Help

NEVADA – Police reports that a Sun Valley man has been arrested after shooting and killing a truck driver and injuring another trucker.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reported that they responded to multiple active shooter reports that were taking place on the highway in Smith Valley. First reports started coming at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 10.

Multiple law enforcement forces were mobilized and responded to the scene. Not much later, the shooter was found hiding at the scene and arrested. He is identified as Matthew Strain, 29, of Sun Valley, Nevada. 

The investigation showed that Strain was involved in a vehicle crash on SR 338 and fled the crash scene on foot, heading northbound on 338. 

After fleeing the crash scene, Strain managed to stop a northbound truck driven by Zachary Sanchez, 36. Official police report states that after a while, Sanchez exited the truck, and upon exiting, was shot by Strain.

Matthew Strain, Source: Mono County Sheriff’s Office
Matthew Strain, Source: Mono County Sheriff’s Office

Another truck driver who was traveling southbound on SR 338 stumbled upon the scene. The official police report states that Strain attacked the second trucker as well and attempted to steal his truck, but the driver managed to get away from Strain. The second driver’s identity has not yet been disclosed.

Zachary Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene. The second driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released upon treatment. 

Strain is being held at the Lyon County jail without a right of bail. He faces multiple charges, including battery with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, and open murder. 

State Route 338 was closed until Friday, 9:00 so that detectives can investigate the scene. 

Below is the official Mono County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post relating this incident.

*** PRESS RELEASE ***On September 10, 2020, at approximately 2028 hours, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Dispacth…

Posted by Mono County Sheriff's Office on Friday, September 11, 2020

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